Reservoir Labs wins DARPA’s PERFECT programme support contract

7 January 2013 (Last Updated January 7th, 2013 03:50)

Reservoir Labs has received a research contract to support the US Defense Advanced Research Project Agency's (DARPA) Power Efficiency Revolution for Embedded Computing Technology (PERFECT) programme.

Reservoir Labs has received a research contract to support the US Defense Advanced Research Project Agency's (DARPA) Power Efficiency Revolution for Embedded Computing Technology (PERFECT) programme.

Under the contract that features negotiated options of up to $8.7m, Reservoir Labs will support development of computer architectures that will enhance power efficiency of embedded computing devices from current one giga floating point operation per second per watt (GFLOPS/W) to a future 75GFLOPS/W.

"The technologies from the PERFECT programme will have broad impact saving energy and enabling new capabilities for commercial and consumer devices as they rapidly adopt these innovations."

The capability is sought by the existing and next generation military systems, such as intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR) platforms, as the present computer architectures fail to address their requirements due to power, heat dissipation and weight constraints.

Reservoir Labs president Richard Lethin said the company was looking to contribute to US security by addressing challenges put forward by the new low power architectures.

"The technologies from the PERFECT programme will have broad impact saving energy and enabling new capabilities for commercial and consumer devices as they rapidly adopt these innovations," Lethin added.

The company will use its advanced R-Stream optimisation software to support new near-threshold computing processor architectures being developed in the programme, as well as new algorithms for next generation ISR systems.

Operations research techniques and advanced polyhedral mathematics are applied by R-Stream to create efficient choreographies of computation over parallel computing hardware in an effort to avoid power-burning communications.

Carried out in three phases, the PERFECT programme aims at development of novel approaches that can provide troops with required 75 GFLOPS/W power efficiency, enabling timely processing of real-time intelligence data collected by ISR systems in the battlefield.